Comeback falls short vs. Pueblo
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM furious comeback bid came up just a little short Saturday night at the United States Olympic Training Center. Behind 16 points and 14 rebounds from Lauren Westerman Colorado State-Pueblo held on for a 67-65 win over the Mountain Lions.
The Mountain Lions looked dead in the water when Colorado State Puebloâ€TMs Krisitn Heinl hit a 3-pointer with 4:09 remaining to put the Thunderwolves up 62-53. But CU-Colorado Springs didnâ€TMt fold and instead went on an 8-2 run capped by a Jennine Sauter layup to cut the gap to 65-62 with 2:02 to go.
Emily Jenkins made a turn-around jumper with eight seconds left to cut the Thunderwolvesâ€TM lead to 66-65. The Mountain Lions immediately fouled Hilary Rehfeld, who made the second of two free throws to extend the lead to two with 4.6 seconds remaining. Lindsay Arnoldus took the inbounds pass, drove the length of the court and attempted an off-balance layup amid the crowd in the paint. The ball hit the front of the rim, then bounced high and away from the hoop.
â€œThis was a great college basketball game,â€ said Mountain Lion coach Marty Fletcher. â€œBoth teams played hard, bodies hit floor on loose balls and shots were contested. I was happy about the effort we had tonight.â€
The Mountain Lions defensive effort was particularly impressive despite giving up 67 points, about 10 more than their average. The Mountain Lions blocked a season-high 14 shots led by Julie Richards who had eight. CU-Colorado Springs held the Thunderwolves to 25.3 percent shooting as well.
Jennine Sauter led CU-Colorado Springs (6-11, 2-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Confernce) with 17 points. Richards had 13 points and 10 rebounds to along with her season-high eight blocks. Jenkins chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds.
CU-Colorado Springs shot 40 percent from the floor in the first half and led at the break 36-35. Kyle Hagg kept Colorado State-Pueblo (6-13, 4-7) in the game in the first half. Hagg was 3-for-3 on 3-point attempts and had 11 before halftime.
The Mountain Lions' shooting cooled off in the second half, but once again free-throw shooting proved to be their Achilles heel. CU-Colorado Springs was 14-for-25 from the free-throw line.
â€œWhen you donâ€TMt shot a really high percentage from the floor you hope you can make up for that at the foul-line," said Fletcher. â€œBut unfortunately we didnâ€TMt do that tonight.â€
The Mountain Lions have now dropped three straight and seven out of eight against RMAC foes.
â€œThis was a terrific game,â€ said Fletcher. â€œWe just came out on the wrong side of it.â€
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